Meaning of “cell” in the English Dictionary

"cell" in British English

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cellnoun [ C ]

uk /sel/ us /sel/

cell noun [ C ] (ORGANISM)

B2 the smallest basic unit of a plant or animal

Examples

  • The fission of the cell could be inhibited with certain chemicals.
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.
  • The baby is still just a small bundle of cells.
  • The doctors discovered cancerous cells.

cell noun [ C ] (ROOM)

B2 a small room with not much furniture, especially in a prison or a monastery or convent

Examples

  • Cooped up in a small dark cell, the prisoner hadn't seen daylight for five years.
  • He was bound and gagged and left in a cell for three days.
  • Immured in a dark airless cell, the hostages waited six months for their release.
  • Brody was locked in a padded cell and forced to wear a straitjacket.

(Definition of “cell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cell" in American English

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cell noun [ C ] (ORGANISM)

biology us /sel/ the smallest basic unit of a plant or animal

cell noun [ C ] (ROOM)

us /sel/ a small room, esp. in a prison

cell noun [ C ] (ENERGY)

physics /sel/ another name for a battery

(Definition of “cell” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cell" in Business English

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cellnoun [ C ]

uk /sel/ us mainly US informal

another word for cell phone :

Call me on my cell.

(Definition of “cell” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)